Palm has announced plans to purchase Anyday.com, a maker of Web-based calendars, in a deal valued at about $80.

Palm, which yesterday rolled out a new suite of synchronization software designed to allow enterprise users to tap into corporate data systems, called the acquisition of Massachusetts-based Anyday.com a "significant milestone" in its wireless strategy.

Palm said the acquisition of Anyday.com, its first deal since going public in March, is intended to provide users with the capability to easily synchronize information, such as flight schedules, with their handheld calendars.

In step According to Palm officials, Anyday software already synchronizes with a number of enterprise calendar software packages, including Microsoft's Outlook and Lotus Development's Organizer.

In a related development, Palm's high-profile push of its new synchronization software met with a swift competitive response from Phone.com, a California-based developer of software for the mobile phone market. Phone.com today rolled out its new synchronization product, FoneSync Essentials, which is intended to allow users to easily synchronize electronic Rolodex information between desktop PCs and mobile phones.

Michael Mace, Palm's chief competitive officer, told Computerworld earlier this year that he considered mobile phones his "No. 2 concern after Microsoft".